Weekend Box Office: 12 Strong and Den of Thieves battle Jumanji
A trio of dramas take on the box office this weekend
The domestic box-office is in-between franchises this week, giving several new releases a chance to strike at last week’s winners. This weekend the war-drama “12 Strong” opened against the crime-drama “Den of Thieves” and the romantic-drama “Forever My Girl”. At the specialty box-office moviegoers had the option to see “Call Me by Your Name,” “I, Tonya,” and the “Phantom Thread,” all three of which expanded to more theaters this weekend.
While hits like “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “The Post,” and “The Greatest Showman” divided audiences for this week’s new releases, the real competition for the newcomers will be next week’s heavy hitters, mostly “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” and “Hostiles”.
This week “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” took the top spot, once again, on the domestic charts. The actioner grossed another $20M this weekend across 3,704 locations, that raises the film’s five-week total to just under $317M. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was directed by Jake Kasdan, working off a screenplay written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “12 Strong” barely edged-out the competition this weekend, grossing $16.5M across 3,002 locations. STX’s “Den of Thieves” is expected to gross $15.3M to reach third-place overall, but we should note that “Den of Thieves” only opened across 2,432 locations. “12 Strong” was directed by Nicolai Fuglsig, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and Michael Peña. “Den of Thieves” was written and directed by Christian Gudegast, the film stars Gerard Butler, Jordan Bridges, and Pablo Schreiber.
FOX’s “The Post” dropped to fourth-place overall on the domestic charts, bringing in $12M across 2,851 locations. The weekend gross raises the drama’s five-week domestic total to just over $45M for the studio. “The Post” was directed by Steven Spielberg, the film features Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Sarah Paulson. FOX also won the fifth-place spot on the top five this weekend, the studio’s musical “The Greatest Showman” made $11M across 2,823 locations. The musical has now made over $113M in five-weeks.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is this week’s other new release, the drama “Forever My Girl”. The film made a modest $4M across 1,115 locations, but that total should be considered a successful launch for the small-budget project. “Forever My Girl” was directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, and stars Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, and John Benjamin Hickey. The film is based on the novel written by Heidi McLaughlin, the screenplay was written by Bethany Ashton Wolf.
The animated tale “Mary and The Witch’s Flower” also opened this week, but only to 161 locations. The adaptation still managed to make $329K over the weekend, despite the limited launch. The film was based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart.
As we mentioned earlier, the ‘Maze Runner’ franchise is returning to theaters next weekend. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” will open nationwide against the western-drama “Hostiles”. The original “Maze Runner” opened in 2014, grossing $102M domestically before making over $348M worldwide. The follow-up film was released in 2015, and made $81M domestically before grossing $312M worldwide. The franchise has been on hold since that 2015 sequel, after an on-set accident during the filming of The Death Cure almost ended Dylan O’Brien’s acting career.